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Grape escapes in Slovakia the western part of the country. As they enjoy tastings and tours at some of the area’s award-winning vineyards—Mrva & Stanko Winery, Terra Parna, Karpatská Perla and Vína z Mlyna—groups can also experience the beauty of the quaint towns found throughout the Lower Carpathian mountains. A number of wine-themed events are held throughout the year, with the main one being Víno Tirnavia. This weekend festival, which takes place in mid-May in downtown Trnava, brings together thousands of wine lovers for tastings, seminars and a juried winemakers competition. The autumn months are highlighted by Medieval Pressing (early September) and Open Cellar Day (late October). During Medieval Pressing, the courtyard near the Trnava town hall is abuzz with grape stomping, traditional music and performances detailing scenes from winemakers’ lives. Many of the wineries in the city open their cellars one day each year, hence the daylong celebration that takes aficionados into ancient underground rooms for samples and tours. Call +1.421.2.5070.0846 or go to slovak.travel/ en-region-tirnavia to find out more. —P.H. REGIONTIRNAVIA.SK Slovakia has a rich history of winemaking that dates back hundreds of years, and one of the early centers was the city of Trnava. Located north of the capital city, Bratislava, Trnava boasts a favorable growing climate, and its location along a major trade route helped it develop as a top spot for wine production. The Tirnavia Wine Region has become a prime destination for travelers seeking to experience the fruits of the vine in Now Open Explore headline-making FBI cases, and learn how the bureau is fighting terrorism and cybercrime in this special update to one of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits. NEWSEUM.ORG 555 PENNSYLVANIA AVE., N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Museums in the U.S. 22 August/September 2017